Food & Culture
Comfort Food: Best Comfort Fried Foods in Seattle
By Lorna Yee December 22, 2010
Yes, we’re making the argument that fruits and veggies—even those batter dipped and fried—still count toward your recommended five to nine a day. And it’s even better when it’s something unexpected, like the fried lemons at Pike Street Fish Fry on Capitol Hill. Here, slices are batter-dipped, then introduced to a quick bath in hot oil, emerging with a fluffy, golden crust that belies their tart interior ($5–$6). These heavenly wedges are a welcome accompaniment to the fried cod, halibut or oysters.
Fish and Chips
When it comes to fish and chips, some desire the light, melt-in-your-mouth quality of Pike Street Fish Fry’s batter-dipped offerings, while others desire the herby, bread-crumby fare at Pacific Inn Pub. But for us, the ale-batter-dipped mahi mahi ($12) at Brouwer’s Cafe in Fremont—with its hoppy-tasting, dark brown, batter crust, and moist, substantial fish—is tops. Brouwer’s fries are no afterthought, either: skin-on Idahos, served as crisp and golden as they come. Wash this all down with the Spice Route peppercorn rye beer from Dieu du Ciel ($9.50/12 ounces), and you have the makings of an excellent evening.